When private businesses don't allow employees to make their own healthcare choices
A local private school is coming under fire for taking a hard stance against allowing employees to get vaccinated. The school even went as far as to send out a letter clearly stating its stance, a stance which directly contradicts the guidelines set forth by the CDC and even Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, who fought hard to bring vaccines to the people of Florida in a timely manner. And the timing couldn't be worse, according to the medical community.
For weeks, alarm bells have been sounding throughout the medical community in America over what they call, the "vaccine wall," which is the point where vaccine supply exceeds demand. At this point, health officials worry, we've reached the sort of critical mass threshold, we've crossed the event horizon, so to speak, where the people who want to get vaccinated already have, and those who are left are either skeptical, hesitant, or against the COVID-19 vaccine altogether.
At this point, health officials who have an interest in seeing the public vaccinated will have a new task on their hands. Instead of supplying the vaccines to those who want them, they'll need to shift gears and begin the process of persuading those who don't. Vaccine skepticism is nothing new. And it's no secret that America has a dark past when it comes to vaccinations.
In the Pox Epidemic (Smallpox), America took an unprecedented step and administered vaccines to unwitting populations by force. Fortunately, times have changed since the late 1800s and we no use words to get public health messages across. But sometimes, words are ineffective and there is risk in that too. As the crisis mounts in India, with well over 300,000 new cases of COVID-19 being confirmed every single day, and a healthcare system that's in free fall on its way to collapse, new fears are mounting that such widespread infection, new strains of the virus could mutate; strains that might be able to surpass our vaccines.
And we're afraid of the same thing happening with our unvaccinated pockets of society. That's why residents are outraged over a decision made by a local private school, one that could impede vaccination attempts, and one that could threaten the safety of staff, students, and teachers.
In what seems like a vast overreach of employer control, the Center Academy, a private school in Miami, Florida has stated that it refuses to employ anyone who's received any of the COVID-19 vaccines. The private school that specializes in college preparatory education, stated they had "concerns" that the vaccine might not be safe. The school sent out a letter that read:
This was not an easy decision to make. It was a consensus from our advisors that until this topic is investigated more thoroughly, it is in the best interests of the children to protect them from the unknown implications of being in close proximity for the entire day with a teacher who has very recently taken the Covid-19 injection.
They went on to say:
We are not 100% sure the Covid-19 injections are safe and there are too many unknown variables for us to feel comfortable at this current time," the school wrote. "Until more is known, we must err on the side of caution when it comes to the welfare of our students and school team.
It's important to note here, while vaccines are extremely effective in stopping COVID-19 infections, and they're almost certain to prevent someone from needing to be hospitalized, ending up spending their last days on a ventilator, there's not a 100% guarantee that being vaccinated protects against becoming asymptomatic carriers. And this is a big fear.
But beyond the questions surrounding public health, there's also a question about employee rights, here.
Should an employee be able to seek out their own healthcare without fear of repercussion from their employer? Is this employee overreach? Many think it is.
One can imagine we'll see some legal challenges to this in short order.